Reporting the WDM Network Configuration: Bill of Materials and Performance Report

  • Description

    Reporting is the final step of the WDM system design workflow performed by VPIlinkConfigurator (LC) to successfully complete the task of engineering WDM optical networks. This example focuses on the reporting functionality of LC. Both built-in reports and reports realized using the VPIlinkConfigurator Application Programming Interface (API) are based on report templates. Such approach provides a report standard and simplifies data communication between applications engineers, sales engineers and customers.

  • Typical Results

    The graphical interface of the reporting macro is shown in Figure 1. The macro enables you to generate Bills of Materials (BOM) and Performance and Configuration reports for the WDM system designed at the previous steps. The API capabilities allow for a customization of report templates and an extension of the reporting functionality. For example, a report on detailed equipment configuration with parameter settings can be added. Besides, non-photonic equipment such as chassis, power supply, etc. can be reported along with OADMs, transceivers, amplifiers, DCMs and attenuators in a BOM. Figure 2 shows a Bill of Materials generated by the reporting macro, while Figure 3 visualizes results produced by the built-in reporting functionality.

  • Further Information

    Keywords: System Performance Report, Bill of Materials, Configuration Report, Report Template, Customizable Report, Link Budget Summary, Application Programming Interface (API)

    Examples describing other steps of the design workflow are available in the WDM Network Design section.

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